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An anticipated beer hall, Vietnamese sandwiches, and a Pearl rebirth uncork San Antonio food news
Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio's restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our weekly roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
Anticipated River North pub Idle Beer Hall & Brewery will open its taps on October 6. The concept, the second San Antonio project for Los Angeles-based outfit Pouring With Heart, boasts two bars — one inside an indoor lounge and another on the expansive patio. Grand opening celebrations featuring a pop-up from the Texas Market will follow on October 12.
A new Vietnamese bakery and café will soon bring local flavor to a Far West Side strip mall. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records, Daily Banh Mi Bakery will complete construction at 14211 Potranco Rd. #400 in February 2024. There's no word yet on the menu, though assumably, the titular sandwich will be part of the lineup.
According to state filings, Colorado-based franchise Parry's Pizzeria is taking another slice of Alamo City's fast-casual market. The chain, which now operates two San Antonio locations, will build a new outpost in the Stone Ridge Market Retail Center at 21119 U.S. Highway 281 N. The project timeline sets the completion date in May 2024.
A perpetual gremlin for city businesses has claimed another victim. Via Instagram, Alta Vista bodega Oscar de la Tienda announced it was closing up shop for an "indefinite hiatus." Though the post did not elaborate on the reasons for the move, the store has been forthright about its construction-caused woes. In December 2022, it launched a GoFundMe campaign, stating that area roadwork had eroded much of its regular revenue.
A long-running watering hole won't need a Halloween costume this year. In a frank Facebook post, Retox Bar announced it would close on October 28. The 15-year-old business cited a litany of troubles, including failed lease negotiations, city sprinkler regulations, and a rent increase. Owner Eddie Kaufman said he will now focus on opening a new bar in late 2023 or early 2024.
A Pearl favorite is popping the cork on its newly expanded space. High Street Wine Co. shuttered in July, initially eyeing a September 1 reintroduction. The freshly reworked space doubles the bar's size, adding additional seating and a food prep area.